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The Dude Has Got No Mercy
posted 3/12/2008 12:50:12 PM

Game-related stuff will continue to be posted here, I guess. I don't have much to say about games, since I'm not a game reviewer and never really have to think about the games that I play in a critical manner. Some quick hits, if I must.

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is probably a bit worse than Dual Strike. The de-emphasis on CO powers is a blessing and a curse, in that you can't be jacked up by a lucky enemy CO power, but a lot of the later missions become unbearable slogfests where you just have to push the enemy back for 35-40 days until you grind them out. (I'm looking at you, Mission 25!) Still, it's fun enough for what it is. The story doesn't do much for me, and the characters are all incredibly one-dimensional, but it's still worth checking out if you like TBS games.

Devil May Cry 4 is pretty good. It looks fantastic, obviously. The difficulty worries me a bit, though. I mean, DMC3 was a beast to get through, even on easy mode, but I'm playing DMC4 on the harder of the two default difficulty levels, and I've managed to kill every boss in one try so far. Granted, I'm not too far into the game, but I certainly hope there's some kind of challenge in here somewhere. Apart from that, it plays almost identically to DMC3, but there doesn't appear to be much in the way of weapon switching. I'm not even sure if there are any additional weapons apart from the default sword. I guess we'll find out.

Burnout Paradise is alternately great and disappointing. I basically play these games for Road Rage events, so it's a little annoying to have to drive around finding out where they are. I think they should've had all the events shown on your map from the outset of the game. The racing aspect of the game is dead to me; it seems like you basically have to memorize the entire map in order to know which way to go, or, alternately, have to check your map as you drove. Stunt events are pretty amusing, however. My big aggravation, however (and this has been one of the series' big drawbacks since Burnout 3), is the unskippable screens that are constantly popping up. Win an event? Enjoy watching a screen that tells you that you won an event for ten seconds or so, and add another 10 seconds to that if you unlocked a car as well. Unskippable stuff is unacceptable, especially since I was playing this at the same time as Advance Wars, where basically everything is skippable. A lot of the presentation stuff is gorgeous, but when I have to wait for a car to drop out of the sky before I can pick it out of the garage, that's just lame. The garage, now that I'm talking about it, is probably the worst part of the game thus far. Why bother classifying cars into different types if you don't even let us organize our garage with a filter?

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